Strange New Worlds proves that there’s still room for legacy and modernized Star Trek and its storytelling. It’s even better than the first season, and that was a high bar.
Captain Pike (Anson Mount), Spock (Ethan Peck), Una (Rebecca Romijn) and the rest of my beloved gang are back. This time, the show is more comfortable in distancing itself even more from Discovery and getting cozier with the original series. Ultimately? This ended up a wonderful thing.
Honestly? It’s beyond captivating and impressive how much showrunner Henry Alonso Myers and his team pack into each and every episode. With dancing Klingons and cartoon characters paying a visit to the Enterprise, all the way to dark aliens, you can’t fault this sophomore season’s efforts to explore strange new worlds. But that’s not all.
Safe does not always mean boring or lame; in this case, it is just as exciting to watch as ever. I hope we get several more seasons of Strange New Worlds and that the creative team doesn’t change anything.
What makes this season, and the show in general, special is that it has the pillars that have always made Star Trek an exceptional and enduring franchise: humour, action, camaraderie, chosen family, and a thought-provoking look at hope for a better humanity. The show’s exploration of conflict, unity, and character growth contributes to its enduring appeal, bolstered by its willingness to experiment. A very welcome throwback to what made Trek great.
Should You Watch It?
The best new Start Trek series by far. After a stellar first season, and being a prequel, SNW pulls the impossible and delivers an almost perfect second season. Can’t wait for the next one after THAT cliffhanger.